By Dr. Thomas Strong
If you have lived in New Orleans long, you know of the reality of termites. They will more than likely swarm sometime during the next few weeks. You will definitely know when this happens (and you’ll need to remember that this type of termite is basically harmless). But a different type of termite exists as well. This termite works often in secret and brings about great destruction. Much of the devastating work of the termite happens before any one is aware of the damage. Buildings are destroyed while people in the very building have no idea.
Secret sin has the same impact. While struggling to keep these sins out of the eye of the public, Satan is at work to bring about chaos and to wreak havoc in the inner lives of those involved. Secret sin includes all those sins which one strives to hide from others with the result that the person is not allowing others to provide strengthening and help. It also prevents the person involved in the secret sin from seeking help. The power of secrecy is a blinding and destructive power. For many, secret sins include the use of pornography or other sexual sins – sins considered too shameful to confess. We know that these sins cannot be overlooked nor can we simply pretend that they do not exist. They will not automatically resolve themselves nor will they simply disappear.
We have come to the realization through a most tragic event here on our campus that secret sin has a devastating impact — we have experienced this first hand. When our friend and colleague, John Gibson, took his life at the beginning of this year, the shattering reality of secret sin became a reality for each of us. We were reminded that we as members of the NOBTS seminary family are not exempt from these temptations. In addition, we know that the people to whom we minister each week struggle as well. If we are honest, we would also admit that many around us are struggling in silence, and perhaps the one reading this article is one who struggles.
To respond to this challenge, Dr. Greg Miller of Faithful and True Ministries will be coming to the campus of NOBTS on Thursday, April 28, 2016 for a conference designed with this very issue in mind. The name of the conference is “Recalibrate: Breaking the Power of Secrecy.” We want to start a conversation on breaking the power of secret sin that is seasoned with redemption and hope. Meeting in Leavell Chapel, we will begin at 8:00 a.m and conclude at 4:30 p.m. During the opening session, Dr. Miller will help us as individual followers of Christ discover the hope for breaking the power of secret sin. In the afternoon session (beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel), he will provide guidance for helping us address these issues in local ministries.
This conference is provided free by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College. We do ask that you register for the conference so we will know how many to anticipate. You can register at www.nobts.edu/events/recalibrate.html.
We are confident that this is going to be a time in which God works in our lives and gives us additional tools for ministry. Please come and join us in this redemptive conversation.